When I’m waiting on God, I’m expectingthe Lord to finish developing the life-filled purpose He’s placed in my heart so that it can be birthed.
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As I pondered this concept, I started to wonder what I can expect while I’m waiting for God to act. Not surprisingly, I actually think pregnancy offers insight into the answer of my question.
First, I can expect discomfort. A woman’s internal organs actually shift to make room for a child; similarly, when I’m waiting for God, things shift spiritually, emotionally, and practically. This process is strengthening and awe-inspiring . . . but, at times, a bit uncomfortable.
I also think it’s safe to say that I can expect a little bit of nausea – not just because some tasks might be a little overwhelming, but also because waiting on God is a refining process. He has no qualms about making me aware of things that stink (sin, incorrect thinking, etc.) in my life. He’ll also draw attention to things that aren’t feeding me spiritually.
I can look forward to a few sleepless nights. God gives to His beloved rest, but there will be nights of pacing the floor in prayer because I will be stirred by a sense of urgency to lay hold of His promises.
Spotting (light bleeding) sometimes occurs in a healthy pregnancy, and it’s important to reflect on the symbolism of that, too. I think that waiting on God does make me bleed a little bit, because it’s a process that calls me to sacrifice and die to myself.
But those things, while daunting, aren’t terrible or impossible to walk through. They’re more than conquerable with the strength of the Lord.
And there’s so much beauty in the process! Seeing the God’s will take shape and manifest is transformative and worth the wait. And it’s always happening, but I don’t get a daily ultrasound to give me the inside scoop. I get to plan with God and draw closer to Him through the planning. I have joy and hope and a future becauseI choose to wait on my faithful God instead of striving to create life when I’m not even powerful enough to create dust.
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I believe that who I spend my time around affects my experience of waiting on God. There are people who won’t or can’t nurture me as I wait for God to act. But the wise words of my friend Peter offer some pretty incredible direction about what company to keep:
“Be around people who make your baby leap.”
Isn’t that powerful?
“And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.“”
– Luke 1:38-45 (NASB)
When I’m with people who edify and instruct me, and share my vision, I receive abundant blessings. I obtain hope instead of despair … encouragement in my belief … a filling of the Holy Spirit … prophesy … and the joyful experience of feeling a hidden life kick and leap and prepare for birth.
And the beautiful thing is that even after the baby is born – even after the prophesy is fulfilled or the provision is granted – I can and should still spend time around people who cause that life-filled gift to leap for joy . . . because the birth of what I long for is not the end of hope and expectation. It’s the beginning of a powerful testimony and a beautiful story.